England in India 2012-13

Real Pietersen test yet to come - Trott

George Dobell

November 12, 2012

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Kevin Pietersen arrives in Ahmedabad, November 7, 2012
Kevin Pietersen has seemingly walked smoothly back into the England set up © Associated Press

Jonathan Trott has admitted the real test of Kevin Pietersen's reintegration into the England set-up is yet to come. While Pietersen's return to the England squad has proceeded smoothly in the low-pressure atmosphere of games against modest opposition at the start of the tour of India, Trott feels the Test series will present a tougher challenge.

Pietersen was dropped from the final Test of the series against South Africa and for the World T20 after it emerged that his relationship with some colleagues had broken down. After a period of regret and reconciliation, Pietersen has returned smoothly at the start of this tour.

But all parties know the true test of the patched up relationships will come in the heat of battle. Certainly Trott, who was one of the players to meet Pietersen in Oxford during the period of dialogue that led to his reintegration to the squad, feels that there may be days during the series against India, with the team under pressure and the side England toiling under a hot sun, when the strength of the "reintegration" will be challenged.

"Test cricket has got to start again," Trott said. "And when the pressure is on and the chips are down, that's when you need people to perform. That's when if cracks are tested then they widen and it becomes more obvious with regards to performance and team dynamics. So when the pressure is on that's when it happens and we've got to make sure we have all our ducks in a row and we're ready for that. But I think we're on the right track."

Trott suggested his own relationship with Pietersen remained cordial throughout the saga, but admitted a few of his England colleagues may have been "sucked into" the drama of the episode.

"I think a few players got sucked in," Trott said. "But I play the game for cricket, not for any other sort of agenda. So anything that doesn't involve me directly or the actual cricket I play I'm not interested in.

"I'm a very firm believer in harmony in the dressing-room and people pulling their weight and going and doing things the right way. I've my own ideas and Kevin and I have always got on fine. I think he's a fantastic player and it's great to have him back playing and committed to playing cricket for England again. It's a big thing.

"But as long as everything has been sorted out with regards to the reintegration - with the ECB, management and Kev - that's the main thing so we don't have these sort of mishaps in the future and it doesn't rear its head again."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Charlie101 on (November 14, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

The only thing that will stop the continued media frenzy on KP and the England team is the start of the Test . Thankfully it is starting tomorrow so the KP frenzy will stop. The next press frenzy will of course be whether or not we can play spin in the SC and we will find this out over the next couple of days one way or another !!!!

Posted by ARad on (November 13, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

Reintegration and KP's performances have nothing to do with each other. KP scored a fantastic century in the SA series but that performance did not matter when the 'KP affair' started. How can it become relevant now? This makes me think as if the elements of English team and/or their press are already lining up potential excuses: let's blame it on lack of "integration" - whatever that means. (Btw, wasn't Mr. Dobell one of the journalists who published articles from inside sources (without revealing their identities) which justified the double standard complaints about how ECB handled the KP affair - i.e., treating KP as a problem while allowing others who may have also committed similar breaches to get away with it? Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm.)

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (November 13, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

There are and I guess always will be a small number of so called fans who will blame KP for the slightest thing on the flimsiest of evidence and will even believe the team will be better off without him. They are the same types who persecuted countless sages through the years like Gallileo and would still believe the earth was flat. secret;ly they probably believe in ID rather than evolution. Unfortunately we are stuck with them. Anyway I applaud Trott here as so often- a good head, and always a cool one.

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 13, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

i have have always said i dont like the guy, and feel he let the captain and team down big time. but he has been selected and thought the comments by trott were not needed. hes a good cricketer and as far as a onlooker never felt on the field he was anything other than one of the boys. i feel he will have a good tour and expect the others to follow suit. what the pitches will be like one can only hope, not as bad as some of the indian players want. so lets hope cookie can call right, then and turn the advantage over to us.

Posted by jackthelad on (November 13, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

It's a funny old game - the more people link arms and proclaim everything's OK again, the more anyone reading all this stuff suspects that the opposite is very much the case. The ongoing saga is running on empty now, surely - and the team will do all the proving that's necessary one way or the other on the playing field. Time to resurrect the Dead Donkey rather than these tired, tired, pointless rehashes of nonsense and catechisms of cliches. Good job the cricket starts soon, so we'll maybe get something interesting in reports.

Posted by Rastus on (November 13, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

KP has never been one to crack under pressure, he is a player who always rises to the big occasion.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

Cliché-tastic from Trotty! "When the pressure is on and the chips are down, that's when you need people to perform. That's when if cracks are tested then they widen… we've got to make sure we have all our ducks in a row… I think we're on the right track… I play the game for cricket. I'm a very firm believer in people pulling their weight and doing things the right way…so it doesn't rear its head again."

Posted by pommyadders on (November 13, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

So very well said dr.thirsty. Absolutely nothing to see here......put it to bed already!!

Posted by KurtZWilliams on (November 13, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Oh boy was this even necessary from Trott? Everyone knows that something is going on behind doors and everyone will be looking at KP, as a player he did not have to mention the elephant in the room.

Posted by sharidas on (November 13, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

If I was not a fan of Trott, before, I am now. Well said. When one plays for the country, the love of the game should be paramount. Then only can one perform to one's best.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

All is forgiven for KP until the IPL starts up again and lets hope that no one gets " many ducks in a row".

Posted by nilesh91 on (November 13, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

Best of luck " We hate you but We need you KP", nice phrase don't you think? just like "Six or Nothing Afridi"

Posted by dr.thirsty on (November 13, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

In our daily bulletin on the ongoing "KP in 'nothing happens' shock horror", we can report that, yet again, nothing has happened. Tune in tomorrow when we will reveal in all probability, that nothing has happened. We will continue to keep you up to the moment on all these non-events. This has been episode 52 in a never-ending series!

Posted by Meety on (November 13, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Man - I really think given the whole KP backstory & the way things are right now, that Trott needed to say anything further about KPs re-integration! I feel he has just put a bit of fuel on the fire. His comment about players being "sucked in" just breeds further questions about who, what & when & where? I would imagine there are ongoing dialogue within the team, but IMO - comments coming out of the team is what flared this thing up in the first place! Loose lips sink ships, & whilst I hate the way most modern cricketers make their rehearsed statements every interview - I think that Trott should of played this like he would an inswing yorker - with a dead bat!

Posted by jb633 on (November 13, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

Lets just be frank, like with any sport all will be forgiven if we see results on the pitch. When it comes to sport fans are very fickle and they are willing to ignore pretty much everything to see their side win. Just look at the examples in football of Terry and Suarez. If KP struggles in India the press will be at him but if he plays well it will be like there was never a problem in the first place. The English media are a particularly poisonous beast and I am sure they will love KP failing in India. I must say though that there has been way too much focus on KP rather than Cook and Trott. I would have said that they have won far more test matches for England. KP is generally good when the foundations have already been set but struggles when the chips are down (obviously there are exceptions). I think Trott is going to be more important to England if we are to even compete in this series. I hope all my misgivings about our chances are wide of the mark. I really fear not though.

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